UAE – Much Oil, Fiew Rights
Dubai – Oil rich United Arab Emirates (UAE) harassed, arrested, and jailed activists, and disbanded the elected boards of two of the country’s most prominent civil society organizations, says [Human Rights Watch](http://www.hrw.org/) (HRW) report “[UAE: Free Speech Under Attack](http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/01/25/uae-free-speech-under-attack)”
“U.S. to Ensure Accountability for Serious Violations, Torture”
Egypt: State TV Employees Stage Sit-in Protesting Censorship
Cairo, 23 January – Egyptian state TV –for decades the mouthpiece of the authoritarian regime– is an ugly towering block of concrete and steel overlooking the River Nile at Maspero in downtown Cairo. In the post-revolutionary era, it is a heavily fortified fortress surrounded by barbed wire and stone barricades.
Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children
The ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) convened a Consultative Meeting with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG-VAC) and CEDAW Committee experts on violence against women in Manila, The Philippines, on 16-17 January 2012.
War on Gaza Three Years After – Urgent Assistance Still Needed
Dramatic Appeal to Combat Cholera in Haiti and Dominican Republic
South Sudan: More Help Urgently Needed
Haiti Two Years After, Still ‘Beset by Chronic Poverty’
UN to Saudi Arabia: Stop Hanging People!
Egypt: No More ‘Virginity Tests’ by the Military
Cairo – A civilian court has ordered an end to the practice of forced virginity tests on female detainees in military prisons. Judge Ali Fekry, head of the Egyptian Administrative Court, read out the ruling at noon on December 27 in a courtroom packed with pro-democracy activists and journalists. The crowd immediately erupted in cheers of jubilation and anti-military chants.